Sunday, 22 January 2017

That Sunday Post: One.

I love posts that wrap up all the good in the world and I think my blog needs an injection of this. It's now Saturday night at 22:50 and I'm having a cup of tea while my patients are sleeping and I thought you know what I need to talk about all the good things that have happened this week!

1. This massive stack of pancakes at My Old Dutch.

My god these were the most glorious buttermilk pancakes I have ever eaten in my life. Topped with crispy bacon and lashings of maple syrup! Yes they gave me tummy ache but it was worth it!

2. Meeting Taryn Brumfitt at the premiere of Embrace 

I have been trying to write a post all week about how I felt following this premiere but I just cannot find the words. What I will say though is this woman is going to change lives. She has started a ripple and I am determined to keep it going!! 

3. I bought this beautiful bra from Monsoon

And I feel like a total goddess in it! I'm a little disappointed with their size range (I'm a 36A and fit perfectly into the Large which is the biggest size they do) I bought the matching pants too ...

4. I took my husband's Yo Sushi virginity 

And he absolutely loved it! We went on a quiet afternoon for the yo sushi festival deal (which is basically blue Monday but Monday to Friday but quick it ends this Friday!!) and ate sushi until we were so full!!

5. I found this book for 99p!

You know I love charity shopping and recently I have decided I want to get my bake on so couldn't believe my luck when I got this for only 99p! The recipes I have my eye on at the moment are the earl grey cupcakes and the mushroom and Gorgonzola puff pastry wraps!

6. I quit diet culture and threw away my scales.

Inspired by embrace I decided that it was time to quit diet culture once and for all and throw away my scales. I may have made it look simple but trust me I have spent most of my life wrapped up in what I weigh and what size I am so the decision to just learn to listen to my body wasn't easy. In the end though I know I have to do it. I'll be writing a lot more about my body confidence journey over on my Fashion Blog.

So that's it for this week!! I am working a lot of night shifts this week to pay for our upcoming holidays and also to fund our dream home and so it may be a lot more little things in the coming week. I hope to include a weekly round up of my favourite blog posts and YouTube videos but this week it's just come to me in a mass of words!! 

Charlotte Lucy 

Saturday, 14 January 2017

The Symprove Diaries: Week One

Hello guys! I am uploading this from my iPod as it's the only place I seem to be able to get wifi while I'm in London but I'll polish the post up a bit when I'm home!


I have a habit of sniffing things before I eat or drink them and this proved to be a bad idea. I have the mango and passionfruit flavour Symprove and lets just say it didn't smell amazing! The taste matched the smell - its going to be an aqquired taste - but if it works it will be worth it!

Took my symprove aroun 8:30 and ate my breakfast around 10:00. Felt a little sick all morning but thats not unheard of for me. Had a little cramping around 1pm when I was going to the bus but as I thought this was more anxiety I breathed through it and I was good to go! Had 4 lots of diarrhoea today, but overall it was on ok day - no running to the toilet!


Took my symprove at around 8am again and surprised myself by holding my nose and knocking it back without giving it too much thought at all. Slept most of the day as I was starting nights tonight, oh and our boiler is finally fixed so I can finally run hot baths!! Anyone with IBS will know how much of a saviour they are!! 

Symptom wise not a lot to report, had two firm poos which to me feels weird as I'm used to having diarrhoea 6+ times a day. Had a lot of gas overnight though which is unusual for me as I've eaten nothing that would usually disagree with me!


Took my symprove on waking from my days sleep at around 5pm. Had a hot bath and then ate dinner (slash breakfast)  and the had some really awful cramping that took over my whole stomach. Buscopan and a huge poo sorted me out though!

Throughout the night I had two more cramp attacks though not as severe as the first but my stomach has been making the most horrendous gurgling noises like I'm about to give birth to some kind of alien ...


Something happened today which to anyone who doesn't have IBS will not sound like a big deal - but I woke up from my sleep at around 4 and had a completely normal poo. No cramping, no running and a beautiful type 4 on the bristol stool chart! I mean what more could you want from life!  

Uh oh ... I spoke too soon! As soon as I finished my dinner I was running to the loo. I've recently started having pesto and I think it's this that doesn't agree with me so unfortunately that's going to have to go on my do not eat ever list! 

However the rest of the night has gone smoothly, no more toilet trips and no cramps! Just a little bit of gurgling from my stomach, maybe it's just cheering me on.


Nothing much to report!


I was fine until I ate today and has to run straight to the loo. I didn't eat anything out of the ordinary either. After that though seemed fine until I ate too much at dinner time and have myself stomach cramps but buscopan and a hot bath sorted me out!


This morning I was very anxious as I knew we were travelling down to London! Almost forgot to take my symprove in the  process but remembered! 

Managed to get to London with the only symptom being nausea which I presume is from my anxiety. We went all around London on the tube and I didn't have any hairy moments! This might not sound much but having a whole day where I didn't have to run for the loo was incredible. Had a bit of bleeding today which I need to get checked out when I'm back but it stopped so I'm not overly worried! 

Thoughts on my first week on Symprove 

It can't be just my mind that after only 7 days I'm feeling a lot better. It may be the placebo effect a little but so far I'm so impressed with it! 

Oh apart from the taste. It tastes like the worst thing I have ever tasted in my life but I can deal with that.


Wednesday, 11 January 2017


I have talked before about how a lot of my IBS is anxiety related so when the lovely guys at Buscopan said they were looing for IBS Bloggers I jumped at the chance to be involved! If you have read my blog for a while you will know that I am more than open when it comes to my symptoms and they have been up and down for a while. So much so that I have had to go back on my antidepressants. Buscopan is an anti spasmodic drug for medically confirmed IBS (It is important not to self diagnose as IBS is usually confirmed by ruling out other conditions). I ALWAYS have a pack in my bag as it gets to work within 15 minutes and is a lifesaver for abdominal cramping. Their website is fantastic as it not only has information about the drug but also stress and anxiety relief tips.

The hamper was full of things perfect for a quiet night in! A vogue colouring book (which I squealed when I opened, I have always wanted to be a vogue stylist ...) a white company candle, a really nice keep smiling tote bag and these personalised pencils. I decided to keep them all together in this hamper as kind of a calm down kit to pull out when I am having an evening to myself.

I also added in this tshirt I got for christmas as it is huge and always makes me smile! I am also going to add in some cosy socks, peppermint tea and some face masks to make the perfect little night in stress busting hamper ... oh and of course my buscopan! What would you put in a night in SOS IBS kit?

Thankyou so much for allowing me to be part of this campaign, I feel so lucky to have been sent such a gorgeous hamper!!

Charlotte Lucy

I was kindly sent this hamper but all opinions are my own

Monday, 9 January 2017

Starting Symprove and My IBS Symptoms Currently.

If I was to tell you that I spend a lot of my time in the toilet, thinking about the toilet, worrying about the toilet and running to the toilet what would you think? Would you think that I am being dramatic? Probably, but for those of us with IBS its just a regular day. In the past week I have had a flare most days. Not been as bloated as usual but I have been pretty scared to leave the house unless I am going somewhere where I know there will be a toilet. The mental health side of having IBS is that I spend so long thinking and worrying about toilets that it has taken over my life.

So, when the lovely people at Symprove got in touch and asked if I would like to try their product I jumped at the chance. Symprove is a water based multi-strain supplement and is the only product currently on the market that, in an independent study by the university college London, arrived at the gut in a live state, survived stomach acid transit and thrived in the target area of the gut.

I feel like I am almost at the end of my tether when it comes to IBS. I have tried to identify food triggers but some days dairy will be fine, other days the tiniest bit of milk will have me running to the loo faster than Usain Bolt. I wonder sometimes if we could utilise that durig the olympics you know? Just get a bunch of us with IBS and promise a toilet at the end of the 100m. I would win every time.

Anyway, I will keep you updated on how this journey goes! I am going to plan to do a weekly symptom diary :)


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Why Self Care is what 2017 is all about for me

New year is a great time for reflections right? I recently read a thread on Twitter from a GP talking about why she thinks so many celebrities have died so young this year and one of the things she talked about was stress as a silent killer. How people wear their stress and busy lives almost as a badge of honour, brag about how little sleep they can survive on and these things are killing us off.

You may or may not know that I work nights Tuesday to Thursday and I used to feel bad that my housework doesn't get done etc but you know what there's more to life than a spotless house! I generally am in bed for 9am and sleep until 4 or 5 then get up and eat and bathe before going back to work. Some of the nurses I work with have 2 or 3 hours sleep in the day and I used to feel almost guilty. Guilty for giving my body the rest it needs? How silly 

My diet is another area where I need to ignore all the advice I get given. Like I've said before with my IBS I need to learn what upsets me and what doesn't and everyone is different.

I am going to become and expert on me! How does that sound?

Charlotte Lucy 

Monday, 2 January 2017

I'm back on my Anti-depressants ... and they don't agree with port!

One of the things I have always promised to be open and honest with on this blog is my health, especially my health troubles and during my time away from the blog I went back on citalopram. I have been in and endless circle of anxiety, depression and IBS and not knowing which is making the others worse. So after a discussion with my GP we decided to go back on citalopram as previously when I was on it, my IBS symptoms seemed to be less severe.

So I started 2 weeks ago on 20mg Citolapram and so far I am feeling ok. The only problem was, I drank a fair share of a bottle of port with the Hubby on new years eve and have spent the last two days feeling VERY dizzy. That being the case, alcohol is off the menu from now on. Not that I mind much.

My IBS hasnt been the best the past few days either and so I am sitting contemplating a nap while wrapped up in my mermaid blanket (which FYI, is still available here in the sale ... thank me later). I am going to be dedicating a lot of time this year to me and my self care and I cant wait to share my journey with you!

For now though, Im going to get my head down!

Charlotte Lucy